The Department of Housing’s achievements in managing the State and Federal Stimulus Programs have been rewarded in the 2011 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management. The Department was announced as the winner of the “Developing the Economy” category at a ceremony hosted by the Premier on 14 November.
The 'Developing the Economy' category is one of six in the 2011 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.
In accepting the award, Director General Grahame Searle praised the hard work of Department staff in achieving an outstanding outcome.
“The State and Federal Stimulus Programs managed by the Department have successfully stimulated the economy and supported employment and growth in Western Australia, and it is very fitting that the Programs have been recognised in this way,” Mr Searle said.
“Since the start of the programs in early 2009, a lot of intense hard work has gone into ensuring both primary and secondary targets have not only been met but exceeded on this large scale project, in addition to maintaining the Department’s normal construction program.
Congratulations to all Department staff who have made this excellent outcome possible."
Social Housing Coordinator, Laurie McGill, said a lot of team work went into ensuring all Stimulus projects were successfully delivered.
“Working on the Stimulus projects was not always smooth sailing and there were a number of challenges along the way, but I am proud to say that this has not stopped us from achieving our objectives,” Mr McGill said.
“Our success is due to the project managers' and team members' commitment to getting the job done and doing it well.
With combined funding of $810 million, the Stimulus Programs will have delivered 1,376 refurbishments to existing properties and construction of 2,815 new social housing dwellings across metropolitan and regional WA by 30 June 2012.
The Stimulus Programs commenced at a fortuitous time and brought both economic and social benefits for WA.
“The Stimulus Programs came at time when the building and construction industry was not doing well, and the increased construction activity helped keep many companies in business,” Mr McGill said.
“The new construction and refurbishments have also helped increase the supply of social housing for those most in need, and affordable housing for prospective low to moderate income home buyers.”